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gymnastics, for example. this is such a solitary existence before the olympics. all that energy goes into one thing and now that it's over, you've got to find your own way to make a new life. >> where do you put that energy? thanks so much. we really appreciate it. i'm deborah fayerick at the cnn center in atlanta. paul ryan's special begins right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com and this is a cnn special, "paul ryan in depth." he's the man of the hour hand picked by mitt romney to join him on the republican ticket. i'm gloria borger here in washington and i'm joined by cnn's chief national correspondent, john king. he's in waukesha, wisconsin and that is paul ryan's home state. i think you're about 50 miles, right, from jaynesville, which is paul ryan's district and his supporters are gathering there
in waukesha for a warm welcome. so, tell me about the crowd. >> it's quite a large crowd. they're going through the preliminary speakers now. you see a big crowd behind me. trust me, it runs out this way as well and over this way. this is the wisconsin homecoming. paul ryan and mitt romney landed just a short time ago. paul ryan said it was great to be home. he said he's been flying into the airport in milwaukee, never has he returned home for a welcome like this. he will be the republican vice presidential nominee. we're in a state as you know, that has been democratic reliablely blue for a long time, but these republicans here think because of the romney pick of paul ryan, because of the election buzz, the republican governor recently survived that bruising recall election. they think it's possible they can put them back. these people know him quite well. the american people are just getting to know the congressman, sometimes controversial chairman
that mitt romney has asked to join the ticket. the republican ticket traveled here from high point, north carolina, another state that is critical to the republican strategy of taking back the white house. as we try to get to know paul ryan better, let's listen to a bit of the republican earlier. >> we have a clear choice of two futures. are we going to set is status quo, accept the path president obama's putto -- washington, picking winners, putting us on a path of debt, on a path of doubt and decline. or are we going to get america back on track, turn this economy around and leave our children a better future? >> we can turn this around. we can do this.
we can get this country back on track. we can get people back to work. we can get our debt paid off so our children inherent a better standard of living because that's what our parents did for us. >> so there you hear paul ryan ea earlier today. that's high point, north carolina. he'll be here in waukesha, wisconsin momenta rrrily. this is a critical part of the state as you well know. milwaukee hosts -- reliable republican. john mccain carry ied walk shaw county. of course, barack obama carried the the state, 56% to 43%. i can tell you we'll see how it plays out in the 86 days ahead, but this crowd thinks that if the energy paul ryan brings to this state, we might have an interesting race. >> i think he's also bringing some money in for them. according to the campaign tonight, they've raised about $4.8 million. since ryan has been on the
ticket. i don't know about you, in watching mitt romney, he kind of looks relieved, doesn't he? like he has somebody else standing next to him to carry the message? >> paul ryan is the same age as mitt romney's oldest son. there's a little bit of a generational signal here and a lot of republicans yesterday, the optics of this. the introduction of fnorfolk, virginia. then paul ryan will break off, we'll see him solo in iowa tomorrow. they like the energy, the youthful vigor. there are going to be some huge, huge debates about federal spending debates. but we're going to see if this man is up for the challenge and what the republican ticket believes already is they've changed the tone and tenor of the debate. they have the bain debate for a long time. this is going to be about bigger issues now. >> the one thing we know for sure is that paul ryan has the
attention of barack obama today. the president mentioned him by name at a fund-raiser, so he's clearly aware and i think he's looki looking forward to talking about paul ryan a bit. >> yesterday morning, my opponent chose his running mate, the idea logical leader, mr. paul ryan. i want to congratulate -- no, no. i want to congratulate congressman ryan. i know him. i welcome him to the race. congressman ryan is a, is a decent man, a family man. he is an articulate spokesman for governor romney's vision. but it's a vision that i fundamentally disagree with. >> seems to me like the president cannot wait to start talk i talking about paul ryan's
vision. the question of medicare, quloun, seniors are very, very important constituency. the democrats lost in the 2010 midterm elections and they're dying to get him back and they see this as a huge opening. >> it's fascinating, gloria. we stopped by the organizing for america. the obama campaign's office here in waukesha. again, they expected to be here in the suburbs. one of the volunteers was asking the manager, we need more information on paul ryan's record so that i can rebut and they're already doing that. we just heard from the president there. his campaign staff today had a new script. they're calling voters and in that script are saying you might like paul ryan. might think this is good for wisconsin, but we urge you to take a look at his budget. the game has changed already. the script has changed, the debate much more about the ryan budget plan. >> you know, today, david axelrod, senior adviser to the president, came out and called
paul ryan a right wing idealod. seems like they're trying to put ryan to the top of the ticket and want to define mitt romney by the ryan budget plan and romney's people are saying no, no, no. mitt romney's going to have his own budget. >> well, look, what david axelrod is doing is trying to motivate the democratic base, the left base. what governor romney is doing with the selection of paul ryan is signalling that he, too, thinks this will be a base election. conventions to election dpa and turn out their voters. this is very much more looking like that race and at the moment if you go through the polls, some think it could be as close to another race. there's no question. both parties think the key is getting turnout among your base. >> you know, one of the problems
i think the romney campaign has in trying to describe paul ryan is romney has call eed himself outsider. paul ryan is somebody who is a product of washington. i think most people will agree. but today, mitt romney tried to describe paul ryan has a reluctant candidate, somebody who put his own private career on hold to serve in washington. but he made it try to sound like he wasn't really as interested in washington as we've seen here from where i sit. take a listen to this. >> his career, his career ambitious was not to go to washington. that was not what he wanted to do. but he became concerned about what was happening in the country and wanted to get america back on track, and so he put aside the plans he had for his career and said i'm going to go and serf and he's dpoen there and put the country and policies to get america right again ahead of ambition. he planned on doing something else with his career, but you
know, he looked at the country and recognized the real challenges we had and decided to go and try and make a difference and so he went to washington. not to get along with everybody, but to bring some new ideas and to help bring people together on both sides of the the aisle. >> john, does he seem reluctant washington person to you, paul ryan? >> you know, not so much. look, paul ryan served as a staff member on capitol hill for republican wisconsin senator. he served jack kemp and bill bennett empower america in the 1980s. when he was a young man in his early 20s, elected to congress when he was 28, but younger than that, he told people he was going to build a little washington experience and then go home and run for congress. he was plan ining yes, to come home, but to come back to washington. so to call in the reluctant warrior of washington is a bit
of a stretch. not to disparage public service, he has been in public service for 14 years now, but he's there because he wanted to be. we're told the romney ryan bus is on its way here, some cheese heads in the crowds here. >> it's clear to me that paul ryan always wanted to be on this ticket. when i asked him about it, months ago, he didn't turn it down and say you know, we'll have the take things as they come, but it's very clear to me that paul ryan is somebody political. he's ambitious. nothing wrong with that. was even thinking about running for the presidency himself and now, john, inning he's going to have a homecoming in a few minutes like none he has ever seen before. the bus is just a few minutes away and we're going to stay here and wait for his return. joining the republican ticket,
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special. you just heard there tim pawlenty. he was one of the men on the short list. a good friend of governor romney's. governor romney called him first among those he considered several daysed ee eed others. saying he'll be a good soldier. i'm john king in waukesha, wisconsin. the first rally in this state since governor romney announced him yesterday as his choice to share the republican ticket. the people of this state know paul ryan well. the the people of the country, maybe if they've followed big budget debates, but to most americans, paul ryan is largely unknown so listen here as mitt romney introduced him yesterday. the first stop at the u.s.s. wisconsin. paul ryan discussing his family.
>> it's where i was born and raised and i never really left it. it's our home now. for the last 14 years, i have proudly represented wisconsin in congress. there, there, i have focused on solving the problems of our country. my dad and i when i was young, he was living in -- there are a few things he would say that stuck with me. he'd say, son, you're either part of the problem or the solution. regrettably, president obama has become part of the problem and mitt romney is the solution. >> now, that was paul ryan in norfolk, virginia at the unveiling. here we are in waukesha, wisconsin. now, why would governor romney decide to put ryan on the ticket? there is no question of his knowledge on the budget. governor romney wants a debate
with the president of the united states about taxes, spending, about how to cut the federal deficit. he has decided paul ryan is that man. he has energized the conservative base. you can see that here. the conservative base, very, very energized here in waukesha, wisconsin. 42 years old. he also brings some youthful vigor to the ticket. some will question his experience. many will question his proposals, but the two candidates are here at that rally. we'll watch what happens in wisconsin. this could be our first test case. if they can move the numbers here in their favor when they see that the ryan pick, people pick presidents, not vice president, but we'll see how much of an impact paul ryan can have. >> i think there was some thinking in the romney campaign, john, that if they were going to win the election by just saying that president obama's economy is bad, they would have been a little higher in the polls than they are now. so i think a decision was made that they needed to do, to have
another plan and that would be to have a vision for the future and go big. which is what they're doing with paul ryan. they're not only saying okay, president obama's economy is bad, but here is our long-term plan for the future and i guarantee you that at some point, they're going to be saying to president obama, where is your long-term plan to save entitlement programs important to senior citizens? where is your long-term plan on tax reform? by the way, paul ryan is for tax reform, but we're not sure what tax taxes he would raise as a part of that. so i think this is a way they can kind of say to the obama campaign, okay, guys, we need to get you on the record on things that are important to voters, particularly independent voters in this country. >> i think that's exactly right. look, this race is very competiti competitive. the polls have drifted a bit in the president's favor, but the
romney campaign and governor romney himself made calculations to make the race about something bigger. we've had this debate, mitt romney, wealthy man, the president said he won't release his taxes. he ran this company that shut down factories. that's what the president has been saying. governor romney has been saying -- surviving the economy was a stimulus program that failed. it was sometimes petty and often personal debate. now, what do you have? by embracing paul ryan, now, he says he's not embracing every spending number, every cut, but he is making this a bigger campaign now. the question is can they keep it as a big campaign if they're debating every line of the ryan budget, the republicans may lose this election, but if they can make it about the economies in trouble, it's time to make big, tough choices. the republicans believe they can win and the reason is they look at 2010, they look at the recall
election here where governor walker had a run-in with the labor unions. he won that election even though labor and the democrats poured that money in. they think if they can make it about yes, it's tough choices. some are controversial. some may hurt, but they theed to be made if they keep it up here and not in the weeds of the ryan budget, they think they can change this race. >> i think in the week after that walk rer win, the chances if the presidential nod got a lot better. i'm going okay, maybe we can win that state. maybe paul ryan is the guy that can do this. okay, and it's been an extraordinary week as we know for paul ryan. we're waiting for bus to pull up with him, but right after this, we're going to show you the conservative congressman as you've never seen him and his life may never be the same.
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i'm john king live in waukesha, wisconsin. welcome back. paul ryan, mitt romney's choice to share the republican ticket, to be the vice presidential nominee for the gop to speak at this boisterous rally just moment airily. speaking now is ron johnson, a 2010 tea party favorite, business man. proof he just told this crowd that wisconsin can become a red state again. now, wisconsin has a big role in our national politics this year. up next will be reince priebus. he happens to be from the state of wisconsin, then scott walker will speak. he is now known across america because of that big recall battle. and governor walker will introduce the man mitt romney hopes will be the next vice president of the united states. a large crowd here. gloria borger joins me from washington and it is interesting to see the state has been democratic for so long. so many republican faces.
reince priebus now taking over. they hope that means they can turn this state from blue. they want to make it red come november. >> they zbl they really, really hope they can make the state red. it is not anything the romney campaign was counting on, but now, i think they have it in their sights. everybody in wisconsin knows who paul ryan is, but most of the country doesn't. he's only 42 years old. and he's somebody who's never felt he had a lot of time to accomplish his goals and given his family history, you can understand why. and ryan is a man in a hurry. in washington, he bunks in his congressional office. it's cheaper, near work and closer to the house gym. which is good. since he's a fitness buff. who got some of his colleagues hooked on a gruelling exercise routine called p90x.
in a way, he owes it to father. your dad was 55. when he died and you were -- 16. >> 16. >> how did that affect you? you say you're more sensible. >> you know, i was a young kid working at mcdonald's that summer and my mom was out visiting my sister who got a job in denver and went to wake him up in the morning and he wasn't alive. >> found him. >> so, i basely had to learn to sink or swim. my grandmother moved in with us at the time, then my mom and i took care of her. my mom went back to school to learn a skill. i did a lot of growing up very tas. made me very, i'd say initiative prone. live life to its fullest because you never know how long it's going to last. >> but you had the the opportunity to run for president at the age of 41 if you're in a
hurry. >> nice boomerang on that. >> and you said no. >> sure because i think there are other good people who can do this job, but other good people who can't raise my kids. >> that didn't stop the push to try and draft ryan to run. he's proven he can take on the president. >> paul, look -- >> it's just a difference in philosophy. it is. >> this is an important point. >> bill bennett says that ryan really flashed on to the president's radar after some fiery exchanges at his health care summit. >> you can tell barack obama took notice, took the measure of him. paul ryan was in his brian a little bit. >> actually, a lot. the white house seated paul ryan right up front at the president's budget speech in april and then proceeded to denounce his plan. >> what i was thinking you know what? we're getting divided government to work. we're actually compromising,
getting things done. so what i got out of that was politico mode, demagoguery and sort of nullify the notion there's an alternative path for this country. >> with neither side budging, ryan had settled in. >> paul ryan is the right guy! as zpl as a hero to republicans and the devil to democrats and he's okay with that. >> they had an ad of me pushing some older woman off a cliff or something like that. >> does it bother you? >> no, not really. we have a normal life here in janesville. my wife and i, three beautiful kids. soccer on saturday, cub scouts. i go to washington four days a week, which i call the silly place. two different kind of worlds and if we don't tackle these kinds of problems, they're going to tackle us. >> you know, john, he's a very attractive candidate there, but he does have some downsides that
people have been talking about. that he's never really run statewide, never anything more than a congressional race, but he has no foreign policy experience and that some folks are going to question whether somebody who's 42 years old is actually ready to be commander in chief. but john, i think the big question is whether he can sustain the attacks that the democrats are going to wage on him about going after entitle ms like medicare or raising the retirement age or social security. >> and gloria, that's the question. he's been in the middle of these fights for years, as the ranking member, as the budget chairman now. he's had these debates face to face with president obama, so he's proven to be a pretty good debater and tough, be u as you know, a lot of politicses that have a good e reputation get on the national stage and we learn new things. to the points you made about his youth and lack of foreign policy experience, i went to a diner
here today and put that question to some loyal republicans. they got quite combative. what about president obama? he was only a couple of years older. he had no foreign policy experience and to be factual, paul ryan has much more experience in washington than senator obama did when he ran for president, so when you ask the experience or age question, you get a lot of push back saying if you're going to be critical of paul ryan, remember, he has more experience than then is that right obama did. >> but sometimes, experience can kind of work both ways, right? having washington experience right now is not always considered a positive. in many ways, it's considered a negative, which is why everybody including mitt romney, has been running as an outsider. >> if romney had chosen governor pawlenty, he would have had a ticket as two governors. a city that has been toxic and
has a pretty bad reputation around the country. governor romney instead deciding -- paul ryan is a self-described nerd, deciding to go with somebody who thinks like him. who likes to read policy papers to to have what we assume will be an elevated policy debate. it's a gamble, but he has picked somebody who is loved in the republican party. this is how president obama himself puts it. i disagree with him, but he's smart. i respect him and he knows his stuff. >> you know, governor walker is now introducing paul ryan and one republican strategist i spoke to this week said paul ryan is somebody that mitt romney might have hired at bain capital. you were talking about both of them being nerds and they're both clearly data driven people and that's kind of struck me as true in a way, mitt romney is sort of hired a junior partner here. >> and many people say that paul ryan is in some ways a younger
version of mitt romney, when mitt romney came to bain. talk to democrats at bain. they say when they were having problems they would come to governor romney because he would study the data and wasn't afraid to make some calls. -- we have to have a convention first. it is governor walker's -- that shows about a five-point lead, it is the experience of this governor that leads republicans to think they have a lot of intensity in this state. they have a campaign operation that has been tested in 2010 and retested in the recent recall election. you can go back through history and see wisconsin blue when it comes to presidential elections. it is because of the experience of this governor and now with t addition of paul ryan, they
could they can it could be different. >> the state is so polar ides and in many ways, like the rest of the country. you saw with the walker recall election, you saw labor on one side, democrats and labor on one side. pitted against paul ryan. i mean against governor walker because of the public employee unions. and in many ways, the fight in that state is really the fight that's going on in the rest of the country, which is why romney holds out hope for winning what is usually blue. >> gloria, this is where i think i get quiet. we have a little welcome here. i'm going to step out of the way. >> paul ryan!
♪ >> as you see, governor romney and congressman ryan getting off the bus here, i want to note not only is this a made for tv moment in the state of wisconsin, but there are cameras all over the place, including a jig camera going high above the crowd. it's a pretty safe bet you're going to see some of this in television advertisements and web videos quite soon. as you watch the two candidates make their way up on stage, people who are veterans of wisconsin politics say when it comes to presidential politics, it's been a while since they've had enthusiasm like this. ♪
>> this must be quite a moment for paul ryan, too, john. i think it's something he kind of wanted, but never counted on happening. ♪ >> gloria, it's interesting. as we wait for the candidates to come on stage, you want to talk about the intensity of this state. there were some union workers in the parking lot when we came in and as we were talking, i had a woman make her way through the crowd, workers facing outsourcing by bain to make the rally here. to make clear that clear the energy of the moment is with the romney ryan ticket. a lot of democrats in this state
say of course they're proud to have a son of wisconsin on a national political ticket, but this is how it works in presidential politics. the republican side because it goes first, governor romney just has his running mate, they get most of the attention now, but it is safe to say here and elsewhere, when the glow of the republican announcement fades a little bit, the democrats are more than ready to fight back. >> as you look at mitt romney, john, he seems in the last events we've seen over the last day or so, pretty comfortable with paul ryan and i'm told that that was really important to him. when he was making his choice that it was someone he could feel comfortable with. maybe it's because they both call themselves nerds. but i do think that it is somebody who would have hired and clearly paul ryan is very emotional about this moment. >> governor romney's been in politics for some time. he ran for president.
in the last cycle, he was governor of massachusetts. if you watch this, it happens every cycle. somebody clinches the nomination, who's relatively new to national politics and they have a bit of a transformation. picking your running mate, it's sort of that first moment where it's proof, whoa, i'm the nominee, i get to pick a number two. then you get your convention speech, a chance the reintroduce yourself to the american people. then that first presidential debate and governor romney's enjoying, i'm going to call this the easy part. this is the easy one. he picks his running mate. when he steps in at those debates with president obama especially in a close election, they could be defining, so as we get introduced to congressman ryan, we're also watching a very important transformation and evolution of governor romney into the republican nominee. >> john, look at how emotional
this is for paul ryan. obviously wiping tears from his eyes. coming back to his home state of wisconsin and being welcomed like this. you see ann romney back there behind him. >> it's an emotional moment for somebody -- this is when you see them, gloria -- sometimes, they try to stay on script. sometimes, they enjoy the moment. >> he's enjoying it. >> thank you, everybody cht. thank you, wisconsin. it is good to be home. i tell you, i love wisconsin.
oh -- i see my family over here. that's this half of the stadium. i got a lot of family. i tell you what, i love you, too, man. i'm fifth generation from this state. my families came here back in the 1800s. made a go of it. it's where we've all raised our families ever since. this is such a phenomenal place to live, to work, to raise your family. i think back about you know, the summers up at our grandparents at lake winnebego.
i think about deer camp at fa fairchild. j janna, our daughter, son, we live on the block i grew up on. with about ten other ryan families within about eight blocks of our home. my veins run with cheese, br bratwerst and a little spot of some miller. i was raised in the packers, d badgers, bucks and brewers. i like the hunt here. i like to fish here. i like to snow mobile here. i even think ice fishing is interesting.
i'm a wisconsinite through and through and i've just got to tell you what this means to be home. i also want to say a great thanks to my friend, scott walker. reince priebus. those guys from tosa, oshkosh and janesville. and what we learned in this state just a little while ago is that we want to elect men and women who run for office and tell us who they really are,
what they really believe, what they're really going to do and then when they get elected, they do that. that's what we do here in wisconsin! we've seen a few elections in wisconsin lately. we're ready. we're tested. we put these ideas out there, implemented it, our leaders fixed the problems in madison. and we as voters said keep doing it. on june the 5th, courage was on the ballot in wisconsin and courage won. we saved wisconsin that day and
on november 6th, we wisconsinites will help save america that day. man -- friends, i see so many friendlier faces in this audience. it's just amazing. we are all family, brother. and that wasn't my brother who said that, actually. we have a very critical decision to make in this country. we are add that proverbial fork in the road in america. the president came into office with so much hope, offering so much change.
he got the power he wanted. he got his party in control. he passed almost every item on his agenda. it's law now. and now, we're seeing the results. a country with a health care system that's about to be taken over. a country with four years of trillion dollar deficits. a country in economic stagnation. the worst economic recovery in 70 years. the largest deficits and the biggest government since world war ii. nearly one in six american s ar in poverty today. you know what? we're not going to take that. we're going to turn this thing around. the good news is this. we can do this. we can turn this around.
we can get this economy turned around. we can get people back to work and most importantly, i look at my kids, sam, i'm over here. i look at my kids, it's been a long day for him. i look at my kids and i want them to have the kind of future that i had. that's what my dad always told me. in this country, every generation fixes their problems, makes things better and leaves their kids better off. it is our duty to save the american dream for our children. so we have a gochoice to make. and if we look at the path that we are on, if we look at all the things the president's been doing, more government, more
regulations, the promise of a lot more taxes on successful small businesses, we see that president who took what we pioneered here in wisconsin, tommy thompson, welfare reform, getting people off of welfare, back to work, personal reasonability. on to a life of hitting their potential. if this president is going to do these kinds of things in a very difficult, tough election here imagine what he would do if he never has to face the voters ever again. you know what? we're going to find out. so here is our choice. leaving o politics of the past
with distorting, put ourselves on a path toward a welfare state with a debt crisis. where we now see the government's role as not promoting equal opportunity in protecting our natural rights. running our society, driving our economy, picking winners and losers. equalizing the outcomes. this country is so special. the state is so special. it's so special because it's the only country founded on an idea. it's very special. and that idea in nutshell, our rights come from nature and god, not from government.
so here's our choice. do we want the opportunity of society, the safety of the land of upward mobility where people can make the most of their lives, where they can get ahead or do we want to go down on the path of debt, doubt and despair. do we want a copy here? no. it's going the take leadership. it's going to take courage. it's going to take another election just like we had in 2010 to get this right. and when we do, we will look back at this moment in 2013 as the day our generation fixed it so the american idea was turned around and our children had a brighter future. i've spent some time with this man lately. we need a man of integrity.
we need a leader of principle. we need somebody who is a bedrock of principles, a moral compass, a vision for the country and the experience, the expertise to put that vision into place. those are the things that describe this man, mitt romney. when you see how this man, how warm he is to his family, to his associates, when you see the successes he's achieved, raise ing a beautiful family. working hard creating small businesses, turning around struggling businesses, creating jobs. this is a person who has a life
experience who knows that if you have a small business, you did build that. this is a man who win the olympics was struggling, failing, the country called him to serve and revive it and he made us all proud by running the olympics and saving it. this is a man who as governor worked across the aisle, got things done, balanced the budget without raising taxes, increased employment, increased the credit rating and increased household incomes by providing leadership. this is a special moment. for us, our family. for all of us because we are all family. this is it. this is the election.
we owe you our fellow citizens, the choice. so you get to decide what kind of country you want to have. what kind of people do we want to be. we want to have the kind of an election where we earn your support. in and election because you said, go fix the mess in washington, so when we win this election, we go fix this mess in washington! this is an exceptional nation, this is the greatest idea. there is no other system that has done more to help the poor, to help spread opportunity, to help people rise up and make something of their lives than the american system of freedom and free enterprise. we have a leader here who understands that, who more importantly, knows how to delivery that.
that is our contract with you. ladies and gentlemen, we're going to do this, we will turn these things around. guess what? this man, his name is mitt romney and he is going to be the next president of the united states of america! >> thanks, buddy. >> mitt romney now speaking to the people. you just heard this, our special coverage of paul ryan in depth.
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